Wanderers: Astrology Of The Nine


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Ippocalyptica The 20 minutes that we can listen to now are incredible and I cannot wait to listen to the rest of Wanderers, knowing that it will be the master class in atmospheric black metal that we have come to expect from both Spectral Lore and Mare Cognitum. For now, I give the slight edge to Earth, which starts slower than Mars but features slightly better dynamics and a more explosive climax. In the end, though, we all win. A true early contender for AOTY 2020. Full review to follow on 13 March 2020. Favorite track: Earth (The Mother).
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    releases March 13, 2020

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SPECTRAL LORE - Mercury (The Virtuous)
MARE COGNITUM - Venus (The Priestess)
MARE COGNITUM - Jupiter (The Giant)
SPECTRAL LORE - Saturn (The Rebel)
MARE COGNITUM - Neptune (The Mystic)
SPECTRAL LORE - Uranus (The Fallen)
MARE COGNITUM and SPECTRAL LORE - Pluto (The Gatekeeper Part I - Exodus though the Frozen Wastes)
MARE COGNITUM and SPECTRAL LORE - Pluto (The Gatekeeper Part II - The Astral Bridge)


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3x12"LP TRIPLE GATEFOLD (incl. Digital Download)
• Limited to 600 pcs on Marbled Orange/Black 140 gr. Vinyls
• 350gr. Triple Gatefold Sleeve, Gloss Lamination
• Black inner sleeve
• Outer Plastic Sleeve

2xCD DIGIPACK (incl. Digital Download)
• Limited to 500 pcs
• Deluxe 6-Panel Digipack, Gloss Lamination
• Massive Booklet with Lyrics

Veterans from countless successful releases including a seminal split album (“Sol”, 2013) that cemented their friendship and earned them unconditioned esteem and love from the atmospheric black metal aficionados, SPECTRAL LORE's sole member Ayloss and Jacob Buczarski from MARE COGNITUM join forces once again for another mystical trip through the stars. Monumental and daring in its length and scope, "Wanderers: Astrology Of The Nine" is a thematic journey through our solar system, illustrating and anthropomorphizing it into mythology which parallels our own humanity with the science of these mysterious formations.
“Inspired by Gustav Holst's Planets suite, we continue the exploration we began many years ago with 'Sol',” explain the artists; “we traverse outwards from the sun to each planet, weaving fables through a synthesis of their distinct physical features and a mythical personhood representing these features.”
Graced with a wondrous cover painting by the inimitable Elijah Tamu,“Wanderers: Astrology Of The Nine” is nothing but a never ending quest for mankind's cosmic origins, a celestial and philosophical observation on the notes of MARE COGNITUM and SPECTRAL LORE's music, perfectly in the balance between progressive yet furious black metal, and moments of ecstatic, melodic beauty.
“While we wish to capture the awe of the raw, natural beauty of our cosmic surroundings, we have also created our own cosmically inspired lore with each planet as our muse,” say Ayloss and Buczarski; ”therefore, each track is a narrative which represents our admiration for each cosmic entity: the psychic manifestations that were conjured through our own wonder of the majestic planetary system we call home.”


releases March 13, 2020

Mare Cognitum tracks recorded & mixed at Entropic Recordings
by Jacob Buczarski, 2016-2019
Spectral Lore tracks recorded & mixed at the Stellar Auditorium
by Ayloss, 2016-2019
"Pluto" recorded collaboratively by Ayloss & Jacob
Mastering by Jacob Buczarski

Cover painting by Elijah Tamu / Ikonostasis
Art direction and layout by Francesco Gemelli
Cat. Nr. IVR125


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Track Name: MARE COGNITUM - Mars (The Warrior)
Phobos looms, gazing everlong
A ghastly visage, an unspeakable horror
Words escape me as my body trembles
Oppressed by fear, omen consummated

Deimos stalks behind, baring teeth
Ritual completed, harbingers avowed
Their desires will become our desires
Their virulence will become our bliss

Tyrants reforming feeble minds

Distorted wills, contorted in

Everlasting devastation
Cataclysmic manipulation

A struggle begins as flesh clashes with flesh
Thrashing carcasses, mindless, ravenous
No longer selves, but collective will
Desiring to crush all beneath their heels

Bodies coagulate into sinuous mass
Once life, now beyond meaningful form
Burning, fusing, reduced into dust
Billowing ashen winds blotting the sun

Tyrants reforming feeble minds

Distorted wills, contorted in

Everlasting devastation
Cataclysmic manipulation

All is torn asunder as life is stripped away
Crumbled stones are all that remain
Grim epitaphs to a failed species
Written with the blood of their offspring
This world lost itself in misery
To end in nothing but a whimper

All life is dust in the wind
All life is dust in the wind
All life is dust in the wind
All life is dust in the wind
Track Name: SPECTRAL LORE - Earth (The Mother)
What to do with the hearth
Deep inside the heart
Of the earth
That burns unconditionally
In waiting
For our return

Ιt still warms you
Light years away

What to do with the love
That is not asked, but given
How to reciprocate
And keep the unregulated flow of desire

Away from bonds and borders

This fire does not quench
But burns more
The greater the distance

It melts the inside
And the rising water
And the fleeing animals
And the dying crops

Listen to me, listen to me mother
The starlight calls

"Break away, my son
Out of this planet
But One Day
And never forget
Keep the home fires alive"

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